People from these metros are finding new jobs in Lakeland

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Lakeland

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Punta Gorda, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Punta Gorda in Q1 2021: 62
--- #11 most common destination from Punta Gorda
- Started a new job in Punta Gorda from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 57
--- 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Lakeland
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#19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Atlanta in Q1 2021: 77
--- #75 most common destination from Atlanta
- Started a new job in Atlanta from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 87
--- 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 10 to Atlanta
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#18. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Omaha in Q1 2021: 83
--- #63 (tie) most common destination from Omaha
- Started a new job in Omaha from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 11
--- 0.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 72 to Lakeland
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#17. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Lakeland from New York in Q1 2021: 103
--- #108 (tie) most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 38
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 65 to Lakeland
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#16. Sebring-Avon Park, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Sebring in Q1 2021: 109
--- #5 most common destination from Sebring
- Started a new job in Sebring from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 88
--- 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 21 to Lakeland

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#15. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Pensacola in Q1 2021: 109
--- #22 most common destination from Pensacola
- Started a new job in Pensacola from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 75
--- 0.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 34 to Lakeland
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#14. Tallahassee, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Tallahassee in Q1 2021: 117
--- #15 most common destination from Tallahassee
- Started a new job in Tallahassee from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 103
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 14 to Lakeland
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#13. Naples-Marco Island, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Naples in Q1 2021: 121
--- #10 most common destination from Naples
- Started a new job in Naples from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 91
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 30 to Lakeland
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#12. Gainesville, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Gainesville in Q1 2021: 128
--- #10 most common destination from Gainesville
- Started a new job in Gainesville from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 111
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 17 to Lakeland
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#11. Ocala, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Ocala in Q1 2021: 161
--- #8 most common destination from Ocala
- Started a new job in Ocala from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 153
--- 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 8 to Lakeland

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#10. Port St. Lucie, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Port St. Lucie in Q1 2021: 188
--- #8 most common destination from Port St. Lucie
- Started a new job in Port St. Lucie from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 167
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 21 to Lakeland
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#9. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Cape Coral in Q1 2021: 222
--- #10 most common destination from Cape Coral
- Started a new job in Cape Coral from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 217
--- 1.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Lakeland
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#8. Non-metropolitan area(s), FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Non in Q1 2021: 239
--- #13 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 168
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 71 to Lakeland
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#7. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Deltona in Q1 2021: 246
--- #7 most common destination from Deltona
- Started a new job in Deltona from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 229
--- 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 17 to Lakeland
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#6. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Palm Bay in Q1 2021: 252
--- #8 most common destination from Palm Bay
- Started a new job in Palm Bay from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 227
--- 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 25 to Lakeland

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#5. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from North Port in Q1 2021: 405
--- #8 most common destination from North Port
- Started a new job in North Port from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 384
--- 3.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 21 to Lakeland
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#4. Jacksonville, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Jacksonville in Q1 2021: 903
--- #10 most common destination from Jacksonville
- Started a new job in Jacksonville from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 557
--- 4.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 346 to Lakeland
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#3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Miami in Q1 2021: 1,421
--- #10 most common destination from Miami
- Started a new job in Miami from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 1,052
--- 8.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 369 to Lakeland
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#2. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Orlando in Q1 2021: 2,481
--- #5 most common destination from Orlando
- Started a new job in Orlando from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 1,969
--- 16.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 512 to Lakeland
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#1. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

- Started a new job in Lakeland from Tampa in Q1 2021: 2,868
--- #5 most common destination from Tampa
- Started a new job in Tampa from Lakeland in Q1 2021: 2,585
--- 21.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 283 to Lakeland

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